Book Club #6-Look of the Full Moon (Angolan Literature)

Hey loves!

For this month of October, we decided to pick a book that is super special to us and most importantly, it represents Angolan literature by depicting the strong role of the Angolan woman back in our country. The book for this month is Look of the Full Moon (Olhar da Lua Cheia) by Albino Carlos.

Below are our reviews:

Di’s Opinion:

General Thoughts:

As you can probably tell from our previous book reviews, this isn’t the type of book that I usually read. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised when I read this one. It was beautifully written and very descriptive. It’s the kind of book that, if you’ve never been to Angola before, you feel as if you had. Or, if you have, it reminds you and brings back memories of little things that you didn’t really pay attention to when you were there but make a huge difference. I was really proud to be African after reading this book, but a bit sad about the things that are a part of the history of my country.

Positive Feedback:

This book was written by our father and at times, it feels like, since I’m growing up and finding myself as a person and I have yet to reach my complete “grown” phase, I get a little selfish and assume that the same isn’t happening with my parents just because they reached that phase already. I admit that I don’t always take the time to see how much they’ve grown and how far they’ve come from where they were. It was really nice to see my father’s perspective of Angola back then and compare it to now.

Negative Feedback:

Unfortunately, the book at times, was too descriptive and too much about the people that it seemed a little as though the author was digressing from the main point of the story. Also, I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the terms used and that maybe was a factor in me losing track of the main point of the story.

Final Review:

4.9 stars (out of 5)

Why you should read this book:

Since the book was written in the 80’s-90’s, it was really nice to be able to, in a way, live through the reality of our country post-independence. Since I obviously wasn’t born yet, there was no way for me to know anything other than what my history classes taught me which was very impersonal and not really much about the people. The way the book was written was so descriptive that I felt like I was there which helped me understand the struggles that my ancestors went through, and most importantly, helped me understand why we are still struggling with a few things currently as well.

Elle’s Opinion:

General Thoughts:

This book was different for me in many ways. Being some of them the way it was written and what it depicted. Reading this book I could clearly see how much my library is lacking on African literature, namely Angolan and a change really needs to be done. This book changed the way I look at my country and made me feel very proud of being Angolan due to the centre stage that the Angolan women has.

Positive Feedback:

It has a very moving story that unfortunately is very common. It opens the eyes of the common African reality, specifically for us that have always lived abroad. It depicts the everyday issues of the common Angolan women in the “musseques” (that is the name for the neighbourhoods with shanty houses that people with lower incomes live in my city) in a very poetic and simple manner that makes you very involved even if you have never laid a foot there. It is a very beautiful romance without being too mushy which is a plus for me since I hate romantic mushy novels.

Negative Feedback:

The author used terms and expressions very singular to Luanda’s musseques given that the story is depicted there. Unfortunately I do not understand them all so I felt a bit lost in some parts of the book.

Final Review:

4.9 estrelas (sobre 5)

Why you should read this book:

It depicts the Angolan reality very simply, no dramatisation just a simple, clear story. Also, the fact that this reality is still very clear even the days of today opens you up to the reality of this African country. I also commend the talent of the author of being able to create a lens where I saw the reality of my city in such a beautiful manner whereas from the naked way it may seem way more scary.

Ci’s Opinion:

General Thoughts:

The book depicts the angolan reality in the Luanda musseques post-Independence. This includes the highs and lows, and certain nuances that make angolan musseques so unique. The book in itself has a very angolan rhythm with a mix of portuguese and angolan slang and hints of Kimbundo (an angolan language).

Positive Feedback:

The book is very descriptive. which makes the reader feel part of the story whether they are from Luanda or not. The story itself is very interesting e full of twists, also I loved how the main character is a woman. Also, the woman’s perpective was the focus of the narrative, with the challenges and battles during such a fragile era during the reconstruction of the meaning of angolan society.

Negative Feedback:

As descriptive as the book is, there is a need to have a certain understanding and knowledge of angolan culture. Unfortunately, I have to admit that at times I did not understand the significance of certain important points. Besides, I don’t speak Kimbundo, so I had to ask for a translation which I believe can sometimes diminish the power of words.

Final Review:

4.7 (out of 5)

Why you should read this book:

As someone that does not live in Angola and that was born after this time, my persepctive of Angola is completely different from the reality of most Angolans. So the book helps close the gap a bit since I was able to relate to the majority of the women in the book. Regardless of the time, society and even age as women (or people in general) we all go through similar things.


As for the book chosen for the month of November!

(drumroll please)

Candy by Kevin Brooks (here)

Hopefully by November 20th we will all have read the book and you can also share your review. If you read any of the two books, let us know in the comments as well.

xoxo,

-Di Elle Ci (DLC)

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